Will Law And Order Conservatives Attack Bush For His 14 Pardons?
They never stop talking about the Clinton pardons. I wonder if any of these will bother them. I mean, it’s not like these crooks were as bad as Mark Rich. All they did was drug offenses, tax evasion, wildlife violations, bank embezzlement, hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property. Among the pardoned:
Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo., who pleaded guilty in 1995 to unlawfully killing three bald eagles in southeast Missouri. He improperly used pesticide in hamburger meat to kill coyotes, but ended up killing many other animals, including the bald eagles. Collier, who was convicted for unauthorized use of a pesticide and violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, was sentenced Feb. 2, 1996 in the Eastern District of Missouri.
Andrew Foster Harley of Falls Church, Va. Harley was convicted of wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine during a general court martial at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Obie Gene Helton of Rossville, Ga., whose offense was unauthorized acquisition of food stamps.
Most intriguing is what pardons may be yet to come.
One hot topic of discussion related to pardons is whether Bush might decide to issue pre-emptive pardons before he leaves office to government employees who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Some constitutional scholars and human rights groups want the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to investigate possible war crimes.Click here for reuse options!
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